Councilman Dee Andrews Kicks-Off to Peace Week By Breaking Ground on Community Peace Garden

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Dee-Andrews-GardenAs a kick-off to the City of Long Beach Peace Week activities, Councilman Dee Andrews will be breaking ground on the Community Peace Garden.  The event will take place on Saturday, January 9th at 4:30 PM on the east side of the Central Facilities Building at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue.

The Community Peace Garden is a joint effort of the office of Councilman Dee Andrews, the City of Long Beach Dept. of Health and Human Services Weed & Seed Program, along with community members and youth from the surrounding neighborhoods.

“This garden is the beginning to the end. It represents the beginning of the peace and commitment that my community reflects and an end to the useless aggressive practice of violence”, said Councilman Dee Andrews. According to Tracy Colunga, Program Coordinator for the City of Long Beach DHHS Weed & Seed Program, “The Community Peace Garden furthers the mission of the Long Beach Weed & Seed program to reduce violent crime and gang violence while creating a safe and peaceful environment easily accessible to the youth and families of Central Long Beach.”

Central Long Beach youth and community residents will be educated on organic and green gardening practices to sustain the garden through the coming months.  Youth from the local community will receive green job training and jobs related to the upkeep and growth of the Community Peace Garden.

The Long Beach Weed and Seed Strategy aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity in Central Long Beach. The Weed and Seed Strategy is a community-based, comprehensive, multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and neighborhood restoration.  The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is spearheading the project through funding provided by the U.S Department of Justice.  The Strategy operates out of two Safe Havens at Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Ernest S. McBride Sr. Park as safe places for youth and families to access community resources.

For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816 or log on to District 6 website.

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